BAM promote a responsible and proactive approach to environmental and waste management at every level of our operations in Ireland. Our Environmental Management System is certified to ISO 14001:2015 and is audited on a bi-annual basis by external auditors to ensure compliance. It is our Environmental Management Policy to promote a responsible and proactive approach to environmental and waste management at every level of our operation.
BAM Ireland gathers and reports information from all sectors as part of our sustainability programme. The information and topics reported are those that have a direct or indirect impact on the organization’s ability to create, preserve or erode economic, environmental and social value for itself, its stakeholders, and society at large.
Energy & Carbon emissions
Our energy consumption contributes to a significant amount of our costs and is an indicator of the efficiency of our processes. As a large player in an industry with a relatively high energy consumption to other industries, our energy usage has a great impact on society.
BAM reports under the Greenhouse Gas Protocol which differentiates between three scopes, namely emissions directly by resulting from our own activities (scope 1), indirect emissions from purchased electricity, heating, and cooling (scope 2), and indirect emissions in our value chain (scope 3). Scope 1 carbon emissions are responsible for 86% of our total carbon emissions therefore we must focus on these sources in order to reduce our carbon footprint.
We strive to reduce our impact on climate change and we are continuously improving our energy efficiency, reducing our CO2 emissions and working with our clients to develop CO2-neutral solutions. In 2016, our total CO2 emissions reduced by 15 per cent, compared to 2015, which expressed in terms of turnover was a reduction of 9 per cent. Our total energy usage (Tj) was also reduced by 6 per cent.
Waste generated through BAM’s construction activities are qualified in four categories; excavation waste, demolition waste, construction waste and office waste. These four categories together form the total waste generated in tonnes.
For all waste types, we report the waste destinations and distinguish between their final use as ‘Reuse / recycling’, ‘Incineration with energy recovery’ and ‘Incineration without energy recovery/landfill’.
Our waste figures have dropped year on year since 2010, with a slight rise in 2015 and 2016. This is due to the high level of demolition projects which were undertaken by the company in 2015 and 2016, a market which we were previously not as heavily involved with. Despite this we still reduced our total construction and office waste by 2.8 per cent compared to 2015.
Environmental and Sustainability goals
BAM’s ultimate goal is to have a positive impact, so we can deliver more value for our clients. By collaborating with our supply chain, encouraging innovative thinking through our products, and realising the benefits of circular economic business models, we aim to have a net positive impact in the long term (towards 2050). The Sustainability Strategy is developed in line with our new corporate strategy 2016-2020; ‘Building the present, creating the future’. As with the corporate strategy, the sustainability strategy sets out key objectives and targets for the period 2016-2020 and some longer term goals to work towards. The new sustainability strategy encompasses the People and Planet strands of the Strategic Agenda/ BAM House and is focused on creating more value for our clients and key stakeholders in the long term. This means focusing on not just our own (direct) impacts (such as the carbon we emit and waste we produce) but the lifecycle impacts of the products and services we deliver and the positive impact we can have for people and planet. The Sustainability Strategy is focused on the three key themes of climate positive, resource positive and enhancing lives, as outlined below.
Mission: Having a net positive impact on climate change.
· Reducing our own emissions towards zero;
· Contributing to wider national / international emissions reductions;
· Contributing to climate change adaptation / resilience;
· To be placed on CDP A List by 2020 (already achieved);
· Achieve at least 10 per cent relative emissions reduction across scope 1, 2 and 3 by 2020.
Mission: Having a net positive impact by designing and building regenerative and restorative projects.
· Protecting natural capital over the life cycle of our built environment;
· Eliminating waste, using regenerative materials, creating opportunities to retain value of material at their highest level;
· Using resources which are healthy, natural and safe;
· Source 100 per cent sustainable certified timber by 2020;
· To achieve 20 per cent less construction waste by 2020.
Mission: Having a positive impact on society and people.
· To have happy, healthy and well trained employees;
· Leaving positive legacies in the communities we work in;
· Educating the next generation ensuring a future pipe line of skills;
· Creating opportunities for marginalised, disadvantaged, hard to reach people;
· Supporting charities which our people relate to;
· Enhance 20,000 lives in local communities by 2020.